EarlyBird, an early literacy assessment rooted in evidence and equity, is expanding our platform with a ground-breaking approach to bilingual assessment. Many schools already use EarlyBird with their English Learners using this guidance for administration.
EarlyBird Education, with partner SoapBox Labs, secured funding through the Measures for Early Success Initiative (MDRC) to reimagine assessment for our youngest learners.
The goal of this project is to design and build a groundbreaking, equitable early literacy assessment for Spanish-speaking English Learners (ELs) that captures multilingual children’s distributed skills across English and Spanish; produces reliable, comparable skill estimates across multilingual and monolingual children; and is actionable, guiding teachers to targeted instruction.
The project is led by MDRC as part of their Measures for Early Success Initiative. Our work is guided by the Initiative’s User-Informed Principles: Developing Assessments for All Early Learners.
In May, 2023, EarlyBird, with partner SoapBox Labs, convened a group of 24 global leaders to Boston. The group included a range of stakeholders representing diverse user perspectives, on-the-ground experience, and bilingual learning expertise. The purpose of the Roundtable was to deeply explore the problem to be solved and identify must-have elements of a potential bilingual assessment.